BMW ActiveE Electric Car: Geneva Auto Show 2011

By Posted 7 Mar 2011, 10:30

Most of the big motor manufacturers have various electric cars in development or already coming to the market. BMW first showed off the ActiveE Concept back at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. Now the German auto maker has showcased its latest offering of its electric 1-Series at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Jeff Glucker of autoblog is reporting that the ActiveE will start rolling out to certain markets come the Fall of 2011. The ActiveE comes after the MiniE which has seen a fleet of 600 being field tested, but now BMW are set to produce 1,000 vehicles.

BMW will show off the ActiveE in North America for the first time in April at the New York Auto Show. Following that it will find its way onto driveways and garages of residents in Boston, Connecticut, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, and New York.

The ActiveE will be powered by a set of liquid-cooled SB LiMotive batteries, which have enough power to generate 170 horsepower and 184lb-ft of torque. It can hit sixty miles per hour in around nine seconds, and has a range of one hundred miles.

BMWs ActiveE can be fully charged in four to five hours using a 32amp connection, and is capable of 25 miles after just a one hour charge. It can also be charged from a conventional wall socket found in the home.